Pomo Canyon Red Hill Trail

MODERATE 127 reviews
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Pomo Canyon Red Hill Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jenner, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1594 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

An old California ranch overlooking the coast and Jenner headlands. Red Hill provides a series of trails climbing the tallest ridge just south of the Russian River on the coast. This exposed landscape of grasslands and chaparral provides plenty of sweeping vistas overlooking the mouth of the Russian River watershed out to Jenner, coastlines down to Bodega Head, and some great overlooks into Willow Creek. The hike includes some long and steady uphill segments right from the start with the only level areas along the ridge between the Hill and Willow Creek and the upper meadows. There's plenty of variety to break up the view and provide surprises when rounding knolls. Dropping down into Willow Creek is via a fairly steep trail through an amazing stretch of mixed and Redwood forest lush with ferns on the ground. Overall, a great walk. A partnership between Sonoma County and the State Park Systems recently added Willow Creek to the group of parks called Sonoma Coast State Beach. The "Beach" is actually a series of beaches separated by bluffs and headlands extending 17 miles from Bodega Head to a point 4 miles north of Jenner.

30 days ago

Very beautiful views and lots of different scenery!

1 month ago

Loved this trail! Very refreshing and beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

LOVE this trail. We definitely recommend taking Pomo Canyon first and come back via Red Hill (great views of the ocean and also avoid some rocky uphill) scenery changes often so there is always something to see. Many places to stop and eat/rest. Took us about 3hrs with a lunch stop and many picture breaks!

hiking
1 month ago

free parking across street at shell beach. entrance sign is small. AMAZING HIKE. walk through forests, shrubbery, hills, and fields. The scenery changes. lots of little spots and side trails for breaks or reading. beautiful view of ocean and Russian River. great workout coming back up the canyon. bring hats and cover for the Red Hill portion. check wind conditions.

2 months ago

Wonderful day hike. Views to Point Reyes. Birding Paradise.

hiking
3 months ago

Such a beautiful hike and what better than to end at the beach?! It’s a moderate challenge but it def gets your heart beating!

hiking
3 months ago

Love this hike! Park at the beach (free), walk back to the road and the trail starts across the road. Hike down into the canyon, with a steep ascent back out. Beautiful views overlooking the ocean on the return. Can do it in sneakers but hiking shoes best especially after rain.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty wooded areas, happy the weather was misty otherwise would have been too hot out the open.

hiking
3 months ago

Really good Trail, began hike at 9am and pretty much had it to ourselves. I would recommend to go to Pomo Canyon first and then loop back to Red Hill. The views were amazing, being able to see the ocean, Duncan Mills, Jenner, Russian River. Would definitely recommend. It took us about 3 hours including a couple stops.

hiking
3 months ago

Moderate. Took about 3.5 hours including a break for picnic lunch.

3 months ago

Always something new to see and so many different terrains. Many ancient and amazing trees right on the path.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Beautiful views of the ocean, Russian river and redwoods. Good for trail running, lots of hills but not too steep.

5 months ago

I really liked this trail because it's very diverse. I dont know much about bird watching, but there was a lot of bird action going on which was really impressive.

hiking
6 months ago

Fabulous trail that gives views of redwood forest, rolling hills and ocean. Got some great views of wildlife too: lots of hawks, lizards, bunnies, voles, and a snake! The Red Hill trail has more incline than the Pomo Canton trail, so I recommend going out on the Red Hill when you have more energy. Lots of incline so good for a workout!

7 months ago

Fun, varied trail, but definitely moderate, not hard.

7 months ago

Definitely a more moderate hike, but solid nonetheless with great views of the ocean and some nice redwood spotting's through some lusher forest area

hiking
8 months ago

My favorite trail, but don't listen to the rating. This is moderate.

Beautiful views the whole way, everyone should do this hike.

hiking
9 months ago

not hard but does have a steady incline for the first 1-2 miles followed by nice view of the mouth of the Russian river to inspire you to continue on. moderate exposure so bring cover/ sun screen. A few amazing moments with redwoods and firs are sure to be had but keep your elbows in when the trail narrows or you'll be grazed by poison oak. you can turn right toward red hill to just stay on the loop but i recommend going out and back the extra bit to the redwood groves. the view of the ocean at the end definitely makes it worth it and best to give yourself enough time for the hike down to the beach after. plant species include coyote brush, coffee berry, firs, tan oak, redwood, scrub oak, coast live oak....

hiking
9 months ago

Fun hike, in and out of lush greenery. Great ocean view. Good beginning climb, easy after that.

9 months ago

Amazing views of the river and ocean! The hike was not extremely difficult, but I'm a newbie for it's worth. I will definitely come back.

9 months ago

Nice trail with great views. Steep near the canyon side but lots of shade in that area. Watch for poison oak!

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely not a hard trail by any means. Difficultly should be listed as moderate at most. Some good views throughout the trail. Extremely windy but that's to be expected out here.

10 months ago

Probably one of my favorites! Get there early and take your time!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice walk with great views.

hiking
11 months ago

Pomo Canyon trail still muddy in places and very very overgrown. If you don't like bushwhacking, stay on Red Hill trail for great views and more sun.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Enjoyed a fine walk to Red Hill with lovely vistas and a lot of raptors to observe. Coming back via Poma Canyon however we hit a lot of mud...suggest that leg be avoided until things have a chance to dry out more.

hiking
Friday, March 17, 2017

Great views. Lots of wildlife.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this hike yesterday to the top of Redhill. The beautiful irises & another sweet wildflowers, the view which was completely panoramic, very few people (of course it was a Monday). Want to go again.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

This hike is a 5 mile loop when using the Shell Beach Trail. Park in the parking lot at Shell Beach.(a public bathroom is available here) The trail is at the top of the drive across the road. This trail has a lot to offer. The up's on this trail go on forever! Great workout. I saw signs of coyotes along the whole trail. The redwoods are a great surprise. Once you get back to Shell Beach parking lot, take the trail to the right of the restroom and go to the beach......so fun and a great workout!

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